Continental Naming Ceremonies & Practices

Rivers dry up, but not their names. -Benin, Nigeria, Togo (Yoruba) West Africa NIGERIA Igbo. In Igbo society, naming ceremonies may take place four days after a child’s birth, but more often, the naming ceremonies take place on the eighth day, depending on the health of the mother and child. Paternal grandparents officiate Igbo ceremonies.  The ceremony begins with ancestor recognition and divination, followed by the name giving and planting of a live plant to represent life and survival. Next, a participant pours a wine libation to share the child’s name with the ancestors. After the usual breaking of kola … Continue reading (stay interested)